The Office of Information and Communications (OIC) selected three PC Labs which were considered crowded, often having long lines of students waiting outside to use the computers: Room B154 of the Ewha-POSCO Building, Room B204 of the Ewha Campus Complex (ECC) and Room 110-2 of the Student Union Building.
“We wish to provide an equal chance for all students who want to use the PC Labs,” said an official from OIC. “Additionally, with the new seat reservation machines, we wish to improve efficiency in the labs.”
Before the change, students could randomly choose a seat of their choice by simply tagging their student identification cards on a small machine. Now, in order to use the PC Labs with reservation machines, students are required to reserve specific seats before entering the PC lab.
The functioning method of the seat reservation method in the PC labs is not much different from that used in the Reading Rooms. Each seat reservation lasts for one hour, and students can extend the use twice with a maximum use time of three hours. Students can check the remaining time of their reservation through their computers, and extension and returning of the seats can be done through the software program.
“As seats are reserved through student identification cards, the reservation machines can restrict visitor access and usage of PC Labs,” the official said. “The new system can also aptly manage the computer usage time which will improve the circulation of students using computers.”
Students are generally looking up to this new change.
“I think the new system will be convenient for students as we will be able to know how many seats are left in the PC Labs,” Kahng Gha-young (French, 2) said. “We won’t have to look around for empty seats anymore.”
As detailed tests are yet to be finished, students will be able to make use of the seat reservation machines starting early September.